Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 24th October 2014
Today I am revelling in the euphoria of being a very privileged Headteacher. Yesterday was quite simply a brilliant day. I don’t need reminding what a wonderful job I have but if I did, yesterday would have served that purpose. First of all, I took my Year 7 rugby team to a tournament at Ashton-on-Mersey Rugby Club where we won 5 out of 6 games, I then returned to School to catch the end of the Year 8 girls’ hockey 2-0 victory against Sale G.S. and then, to cap it all, I attended the second night of “Oliver”. It was categorically the best show I have witnessed in over 20 years of such events. Enormous credit must go to all cast members, musicians, the stage and technical crew, make-up artists, ticket sellers, PSA bar-tenders and the army of staff who helped in so many different ways. The acting was of the highest calibre but the vocal performances were on another level. Humour, bathos, parody, you name it, the show delivered on so many levels. I promised at the end of last night’s performance not to single out any one person and I shall remain true to my word; you were all stars! A huge thanks you and well done to Mrs Rainford and Mrs Moorhouse for their perseverance, patience and creativity; it would not have been possible without you and I know the students are enormously grateful for the opportunity. As I also mentioned last night what a splendid way for the new Year 7 cast members to end their first half term at “big school”. Indeed, what a great way for us all to end a busy and rewarding first 8 weeks.
It is always pleasing to hear news of former students and thank you to Mrs Soldiew, Classroom Assistant, for passing on this information about Jack Drummond who left us in 2013. Jack, despite a long period of absence due to poor health while he was here, did very well for himself at GCSE and it’s good to hear he has gone on to “do his bit” and continue to show the grit and determination he became known for. Jack completed a charity bike ride with Mrs Soldiew’s husband in the summer to raise money for Manchester Children’s Hospital.
GCSE certificates have been presented to pupils in assembly this week by Mrs Chard and Mrs Williams for pupils who have volunteered to do extra language qualifications early. The talented students were: Imogen Kerr 8CCE (German GCSE grade A); Maya Aziz 9NMN (French grade A);
Nadia Leigh-Valero 9PMI (Spanish grade A*); Victoria Leigh-Valero 9PMI (Spanish grade A*); Harvey Tero 10MBH (Spanish grade A). Well done to all concerned. This is “money in the bank”, as it were.
Miss Weeks would like to mention that Chess Club takes place every Friday lunchtime in the LRC and has gone from strength to strength this term. 27 pupils attended last week! Newcomers welcome. This is a great form of cerebral stimulation (and the LRC is warm safe-haven during those winter months) so why not give it a go.
Design & Technology
In Miss Hudson’s Textiles KS3 classes the students have been working hard to complete their projects ready for sewing after half term. “Year 8 have been working on their Diwali and Holi bags- and what with Diwali being this week, I thought it very fitting to show you their efforts. A lot of the pupils were showing their ability to reflect back on the hand sewing skills I had taught them last year and apply them to sewing sequins on their bags. It is great to see pupils acting as a team and showing each other how to do certain techniques by supporting one another to be resilient.”
Miss Hudson goes on to say, “Emma Tanner from my 7X4 class has asked if we could put a photo of her finished cushion on the website, as her Grandma is travelling over to see her this half term and Emma mentioned she would love to show her what she’s done. She is the first to finish and has done a brilliant job but has to delay taking her cushion home until after assessing it.”
I’m sure we can oblige, Emma.
Miss Davison summarizes the half term in the History department; “We have had an excellent first half term in History with students producing some fantastic work across all year groups. The History department staff were asked to put forward names of who would be their “HERO IN HISTORY” for this half term. This is someone who has gone above and beyond in their learning inside and outside of the classroom. This half term’s “Heroes in History” are:
Year 7: Nic Contos, Elayne Atherton, Amelia Buckley, Lydia Horsefield, Molly Short, Rebekah Court, Michael Hough, Alistair Lowler , Beth Moran, Sara Khan and Joe Biggins
Year 8: Phoebe Ross, Phoebe Tyson, Isabella Ratcliffe, James Cannon, Macy baker, Bayleigh McNabb, Ben Corbett, Alicia Cole, Abigail Cannavan, Scott Topping and Thip Pothong
Year 9: Aoife Lunt, Declan Henry, Leah Moghimi, Katy Chapman, Georgina Hobbs, Tom Waters, Joshua Porter, Liam Cobbledick and Tom Walmsley
Year 10: Harry Smith, Megan Thomson, Bayley Flynn and Lauren Roberts
Year 11: Holly Rundle, Georgia Hughes, Joe McGuiness, Ashleigh Cross and Dan Roberts
Big congratulations to all these students – watch out for your name popping up along the History corridor – as well as a certificate after half term. Well done on all your hard work!”
Miss Davison is not the only History teacher keen to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of her students. Miss Tidbury provides these words; “My History classes have been very creative in relation to their homework this week. 7.5b have been busy making Roman shields, 7.1b have been producing storyboards and animations of Romulus and Remus, and 8.2b have been making puppets of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell ready for the trial of Charles I, which they are doing today in class. Here is an animation by Sam Webster. Sam's animation is not totally historically accurate but as his animation skills are very impressive we will allow him some artistic licence!”
Chloe Higgins, Leah Kilvert and Elle- Mae Kitchiner very kindly produced this report about the German Exchange;
“Last weekend we got back from the German Exchange and here’s a quick report on how it went. We had a brilliant time and we were all really excited to see all our partners again (even though we had only seen them the week before in England). We had a very eventful week! We experienced German school first hand and found that it was a lot less strict than our school here! We also went on two trips, one to a fossil museum where we were able to dig for our own fossils and one to a beautiful castle where we learned all about the history of Stuttgart and other nearby towns. At the weekend most of us were able to visit the ‘Wasen’ which is Stuttgart’s version of Oktoberfest. There were lots of rides, games and tasty food for us all to try. We also were able to go to the ‘Fellbacher Herst’ which is a smaller festival in the town where the school is. On the Sunday night they had a brilliant firework display to close the festival. Overall the week in Germany was absolutely amazing. Everybody got along really well and we all made lots of new friends. The hardest part was saying goodbye and almost everyone ended up in tears when we had to leave!”
Thanks to Miss Warburton and Miss McShane who accompanied the students on the exchange.
Miss Jones waxes lyrical about a rather eventful walk in the country;
“On Tuesday Mrs Jones took her wonderful Year 13 pupils on an REP reward trip. Mrs Jones imagined this would be a calm and wondrous day where pupils could take in the beauty of their surroundings and consider the meaning of life, especially from an existentialist perspective. Unfortunately the blustery winds in Castleton meant that the walk had to be cut short. Nevertheless pupils still enjoyed themselves and the strong winds added to the fun and drama of the day. The weather did not dampen spirits; indeed Mike Wolanski commented that “this was the best trip ever”. Mrs Jones was very impressed with the resilience and positivity demonstrated by the students and whilst the trip was not a complete success, it was a very memorable experience.
Miss Vickers informs me that Science Club has started the year with a bang (no pun intended, I assume) with pupil numbers rising each week. “Pupils have shown real ‘resilience’ as they have returned each week no matter how gory things got. They have also shown how ‘responsible’ they can be during the pig eye dissection and there has been a collaborative feel about each session as pupils were ‘resourceful’ in sharing activity stations during space week. The science department have plans for more of the same after half term; we expect to see you there. Don’t miss a great opportunity.”
Also in Science … over the past 2 weeks Oliver Donnelly (8MRN) and Craig Ford (9JEH) have been working on the MARSballoon challenge. This has involved designing and preparing an experiment that will be sent up into Space to see what effect Space can have on everyday objects. The boys chose to investigate how the difference in gravity in Space might affect how plants grow. The capsule has now been sent and the expected launch date is in the last week of October (dependent on the weather). You can follow the progress of the flight via twitter (@marsballoon) or the website (www.marsballoon.com).
More Interform news from Miss MacGlinchey;
“The highly anticipated Year 9 Dodgeball interform competition took place in the Sportshall on Monday. It was buzzing with excitement throughout but there was a considerable increase in volume and energy in the build up to the finals. The games were highly competitive with a few ‘sudden death playoffs’ deciding the final placings. After a long hard fight the eventual champions were France (9PMI). In second place finished Russia (9SSY) and finishing in 3rd place were 9LSS – Great Britain! The pupils are already busy planning and preparing tactics and strategies for the next Interform competition.”
“With over thirty students coming week in, week out to hockey club, our first matches were soon upon us. The Year 9 girl’s game had to be postponed due to weather but thankfully the other three of the week were able to go ahead. The Year 8A and B both played Lymm on Wednesday with a win for the A team and girl of the game going to Jess Grundy. The B’s were not so lucky and played a very strong opposition. Chloe Hill was awarded girl of the game. Thursday’s game, against Sale Grammar, was our first 11 a-side match. Following a quick training session with our current coach, Duncan, the girls were raring to go! The first half saw all the goals, thankfully in our favour. Hannah Smith was nominated girl of the game from Sale Grammar, but we decided the whole team deserved to be the ‘girls of the match’ as they performed so well and won 2-0.
I mentioned earlier the successful Year 7 outing yesterday, winning 5 games out of 6 at a tournament at Ashton on Mersey, and only losing to a very strong St Peter’s team from Wigan. The team acquitted themselves very well all afternoon and, even in defeat, showed great spirit. Most are still in the very early stages of their rugby careers but yesterday showed a real development in their understanding of the game.
There are games for all teams the first week back after half term against Ashton-on-Mersey Highs School. The Year 8’s and 10/11’s are home on Wednesday and the Year 7’s and 9’s away on Thursday. Don’t worry the games will finish early and won’t interfere with any bonfire events.
Sporting success beyond School
Two reports of international sporting honours. Over half term, Grady Jackson-Fayle (13AWS) will be representing England U17’s Lacrosse team in the USA. He is taking part in the Quaker Fest tournament in Philadelphia competing against some of the best high school teams in the USA. We wish him the best of luck.
I’ve mentioned the ice-skating feats of Imogen O’Mahoney in 8MRN several times before but I hear from Mr Manifould that she represented GB in a competition on Monday and won a bronze medal. Well done, Imogen.
Some “public information broadcasting” to finish off with this afternoon.
Firstly, we are all highly aware of the situation in West Africa and the Ebola outbreak. Clearly, this is not something to be overly concerned about in the UK but students do discuss these things and you may be interested in this release from The Department for Education.
“Parents/guardians should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Ebola Virus. You may wish to use the following key points from the Public Health England advice to reassure them:
The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.
Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.
It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.
Further information on the Government's response to the Ebola virus can be found on GOV.UK.”
Selected students today listened to a presentation today about future plans for the development of Altrincham. The School is a key stakeholder in the redevelopment and regeneration of Altrincham, and we have been asked to hold some consultation sessions, so the voice of young people is heard loud and clear.
Businesses and residents are being urged to get involved in the creation of this influential plan that will dictate the way Altrincham looks and develops over the next 15 years. The Business Neighbourhood Plan will define the uses to which land in the town centre can be allocated, influence the size and design of future buildings and spaces, and determine where investment can be spent. It will cover the period between 2015 and 2030.
The plan is being put together by a group of community volunteers – called the Altrincham Business Neighbourhood Forum – which has been formally designated by Trafford Council to undertake the task.
They will begin a three-stage process by gathering people’s thoughts through a questionnaire, which is now online at myaltrincham.org, as well as in person at a number of locations across Altrincham.
If you live locally, and/or have a view on how Altrincham develops, then please fill in the questionnaire (link below).
Our Network Manager, Mr Pilkington, has asked me to mention “an early Christmas present” as he puts it. All pupils have access to a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013; simply go on the School website, click the Students Tab, then Microsoft Office. Instructions are on that page. Never look a gift horse in the mouth!
Anyway, I confess to being a little jaded (shopping at Tesco after the “Oliver” last night and then cooking a lamb curry and a beef casserole until 2 a.m. for guests Chez Beeley this evening, doesn’t seem like such a good idea now), so I’m heading home shortly and will doubtless, as always, spend the drive along the M56 reflecting on the fruits of our labours for this last half term. Contentment will be the pervading sentiment, I’m sure. Thank you students, staff, parents and anyone else associated with the Wellington community for your support once again. I think we all deserve a bit of a rest.
Have a great half term.
S P Beeley
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